Death toll of PNG Highland tribal violence reaches 23

Aerial shot of Papua New Guinea's Buka Island

A plea for global help tonight, from a community leader in Papua New Guinea's Highlands, after at least 16 people, including children and pregnant women, were found massacred.

Tribal violence is common in Papua New Guinea's interior, where villagers avenge relatives in retaliation known as payback.

Local officials said at least 24 people had been killed in Hela province, a rugged region in the west of the country, in a three-day spasm of violence between rival tribes.

Radio NZ is reporting the attack on Monday occurred in Tagali local level government area of Hela province's Tari-Pori district, the electorate of Prime Minister James Marape.

Tribal violence is not uncommon in the PNG highlands.

Then on Monday, 16 ladies and formative years had been hacked to loss of life within the village of Karida, EMTV said.

Hela provincial administrator William Bando knowledgeable AFP data agency that 24 people had been pointless and there may per chance presumably presumably be extra.

In the latest attack, 16 women and children were killed this week by assailants armed with rifles in the village of Karida in Hela province, said Papua New Guinea Acting Police Commissioner Francis Tokura.

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"Gun-toting criminals, your time is up", Mr Marape mentioned. "Today is one of the saddest days of my life", he said on social media.

He said he had made repeated unsupported requests for "more permanent police" to monitor the area.

"How can a province of 400,000 people function with policing law and order with under 60 policemen, and occasional operational military and police that does no more than band aid maintenance", he added.

Bando has called for at least 100 police personnel to be deployed to reinforce some 40 local officers. Communities are restful based entirely around tribal traditions and heaps little villages include never had avenue connections.

The motivation behind the attack is not yet clear, but many fights in the region are fueled by old rivalries prompted by theft or disputes over tribal boundaries.

In 2018, an natural disaster devastated a number of the faraway areas.

Nevertheless whereas clans enjoy fought every other for a long time or centuries, the severity of the violence has shy Papua Recent Guinea.

ExxonMobil was forced to halt construction on a natural gas pipeline previous year because of unrest.

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